THE RELATIONSHIP between suburban and rural farms and urban restaurants has long been established, but there’s something different, and special, about sitting down to eat right where the food grows. New England has a wide variety of culinary and agriculture-related tourism options (think of city folks heading out to see maple syrup being made or spending the weekend at a seaside clam or oyster fest), and on-the-farm dinners using just-picked produce seem to be the trendiest right now. That means there’s a farm dinner for all palates and almost all budgets: Some are BYOB and others have wine pairings; some are sit-down with waiters, others are served family-style; prices range from $20 per person to more than $200. More farms host these on-site dinners each year, but they do sell out, so make your reservation as soon as possible.
FIND A FARM DINNER
Customs vary, but BYOB is often acceptable. Check when you make a reservation.
> Allandale Farm
259 Allandale Road, Brookline, allandalefarm.com
Culinary event organizer Outstanding in the Field travels nearly year-round from Hawaii to Texas to Quebec, staging farm dinners along the way. This particular dinner is co-hosted by Allandale general manager John Lee and chef Tony Maws from Craigie on Main in Cambridge.
Date August 26
Cost $210 per person, including wine, tip
>Apple Street Farm
35 Apple Street, Essex, applestreetfarm.com
Frank McClelland, the chef who owns Boston’s L’Espalier, offers a series of five-course dinners throughout the summer on his farm.
Dates June 21 and 22, July 19 and 20, August 23 and 24, September 20 and 21, October 18 and 19
Cost $180 per person, including wine, tax, tip
Reservations 617-262-3023 starting on the 15th of the prior month (i.e., reservations open May 15 for both June dinners)
12 Friend Street, Berkley, chamberlainfarm.com/new-events.html
Buffet dinners made with fresh and local produce are held on Fridays on this quaint family-owned farm and cranberry bog.
Dates Friday nights (with a few exceptions; see website) from June 7 to September 27
Cost $20 per person plus tax, tip
Reservations 508-880-2817 or email@example.com
277 Hatchville Road, East Falmouth, coonamessettfarm.com
Friday night dinners feature barbecued meat and specialty veggie dishes made with crops from the farm.
Dates Dinners start July 5
Cost $22 per adult and $13 per child (ages 4-9; under 4 free) plus tax, tip
> Green Meadows Farm
656 Asbury Street, Hamilton, gmfarm.com/calendar
Four Farm-to-Table Harvest Dinners in 2013 have different themes.
Dates Strawberries (June 22), blueberries (July 18), tomatoes (August 22), fall barbecue (September 21)
Cost To be determined (the 2012 dinners cost $45, including tax, tip); see gmfarm.com
Reservations 978-468-2277 or HollyKing@gmail.com
>Just Right Farm
140 Palmer Road, Plympton, justrightfarm.com/whats-happening-now
“Evenings at Just Right Farm” feature five-course dinners made with the farm’s own produce.
Dates Weekends (Friday and Saturday) from June 14 to September 28
Cost $120 per person plus tax, tip
> Red Fire Farm
184 Meadow Road, Montague, redfirefarm.com/news
Following a daylong strawberry festival and fruit-tasting, chefs prepare a “Strawberry Soiree” featuring local produce and live music.
Date June 22
Cost To be determined (the 2012 dinner cost $35, $15 for children under 12, including tax, tip); see redfirefarm.com/news
> Smolak Farms
315 South Bradford Street, North Andover, smolakfarms.com/news-events
A weekly series of three-course Wednesday “Whim Dinners,” each prepared by a different guest chef
Dates Wednesdays July 3 through August 21
Cost $65 per person plus tax
Reservations 978-682-6332 or firstname.lastname@example.org
> Verrill Farm
11 Wheeler Road, Concord, verrillfarm.com/events.html
These and other events are being held throughout the season at this suburban farm.
Dates and cost Mother’s Day brunch buffet (May 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $30 per adult and $10 per child under 10 years, including tax), “Field to Fork” dinners (July 30 and August 21; $40, including tax)
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